undertake (v.) Old form(s): vndertake
approach, make overtures to, commit to deal with
MW III.v.115[Ford as Brook to Falstaff, of Mistress Ford] You'll undertake her no more?
TN I.iii.55[Sir Andrew aside to Sir Toby, of Maria] I would not undertake her in this company
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